ABC Family Scraps Alice in Arabia Pilot Amidst Growing Controversy/Backlash

ABC Family logoIn the wake of an immediate and negative response from advocacy groups and critics, ABC Family has decided not to move forward with its just-announced drama pilot Alice in Arabia, our sister site Deadline reports.

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“The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project,” ABC Family said in a statement.

The pilot, announced on Monday and penned by a cryptologic linguist in the U.S. Army, follows a rebellious American teenager named Alice who gets kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian extended family following her parents’ death. Before making her escape, Alice would need to learn how to survive as a prisoner in her grandfather’s royal compound.